Problem:Copper mines suffered from regular shutdowns due to the short life of the trommel panels. Our objective was to improve the life of the trommel panel for greater productivity.
Solution:Upon critical examination, it was understood that the design of the panel was not in line with the wear rate based on the operating conditions. Therefore, the design of the panel was optimized to counteract the wear rate with an improved panel.
Result:Our heavy duty rubber trommel panels optimized for each specification resulted in an increase of the life of the panels by 50% (from four months to six months), 33.33% reduction in the number of shutdowns per annum and 22.22% reduction in the cost per tonne of the trommel panels.